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Monarch Spotlight: June 2014

Q&A with Amanda Talbert

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Q: How long have you worked at Monarch?
A: I have worked for Monarch at the Mt. Gilead Children’s Home for seven years. I started in March 2007.

Q: What is your title?
A: I am the Operations Manager.

Q: What does a typical workday look like?
A: I start the day with a walk-through/inspection of the home to ensure it is clean. I check medications and data books. I check to see if there are any doctor’s appointments, or if appointments need to be made.  I check email and answer them accordingly. I check the schedule and staff assignment sheet for the day. I ensure that staff has the supplies that they need.

When the boys arrive home from school, I go on the floor and spend time with them and help get their afternoon snacks, monitor medications, and give lots of hugs. Finally, I say my goodbyes to everyone and I head home.

Q: What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
A: Ensuring that the people I support live the best life possible. It is the most important because every child deserves to have a happy childhood and live a full life.

Q: What has been your most rewarding or satisfying experience, or your proudest moment while working here?
A: One of the boys who lives here has really had a troubled and hard life. Everyone had given up on him when he was placed here.  He made it very difficult for anyone to work with him or try to help him. His adoptive mother was terrified to let him come home for a visit and was convinced that it would never happen. After a year and half, and a lot of work on the staffs part, as well as his, he went home for an entire week. He was so happy and his mom could not believe how far he had come. He has been home for several visits since.

Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
A: I have a son who is 6’2” and weighs 235 lbs. I look so small compared to him.

Q: What do you do when you aren't working?
A: I am very active in my son’s school. I am on the board of the Albemarle High School Booster Club. I help run the concession stand for every home sporting event the high school has. This includes all sports for the entire school year.

Q: Favorite place to visit?
A: The beach when I get a chance to go.

Q: Movie or song that best describes you?
A: “Hero” by Mariah Carey. I chose this song because I believe we all have a hero inside of us and we should all believe in ourselves.

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